Mura Masa releases debut album, live in session with Damon Albarn (Anchor Point/Polydor)

Mura Masa releases debut album, live in session with Damon Albarn (Anchor Point/Polydor)

Mura Masa

Self-titled debut album released today via Anchor Point/Polydor Records

‘Blu’ (ft. Damon Albarn) in session for La Blogotheque

 

Early praise for Mura Masa’s debut album
“A dizzying exploration of musical subcultures…this is what pop should be in 2017: diverse, interesting and surprising” Mixmag, 9/10
“Brilliantly clever…bubbling with energy and ideas” Guardian, ****
“Fresh and immediate…pure quality, from start to finish” Q, ****
“As forward-thinking and futuristic as they come” NME, ****
An instantly identifiable sound…Mura Masa is already a musical force to be reckoned with” CLASH, 8/10
“A dazzling tribute to London’s rich multiculturalism…a feast of sounds and flavours” NPR
“A vision that is distinctly Mura Masa’s own” Rolling Stone
“A portrait of the artist as a young man…abandon, uncertainty, and a lust for love and life” Billboard
“His songs understand that no system can contain or predict the vagaries of the human heart” New York Times

 

Mura Masa’s much-anticipated, critically-acclaimed debut album is released today via Anchor Point/Polydor Records, with a video for ‘Blu’ (ft Damon Albarn) also airing in partnership with La Blogotheque.
A striking statement of intent from this still-just-21-year-old singer and producer, ‘Mura Masa’ has been teased in recent weeks by collaborations spanning household names to emerging talent: or, from Christine & the Queens and Damon Albarn on one hand to affiliates of Alex’s own Anchor Point family on the other (Bonzai and Tom Tripp). The album was then launched last night with an intimate live show at London’s Bussey Building, which was streamed live by Boiler Room and opened Mura Masa’s specially-curated Peckham Pop Up (full details of this weekend’s programme are over at http://peckham.club).
The last couple of years have seen Mura Masa translate tremendous ability and promise into a debut album which is at once playful, ambitious, and effortlessly accomplished. It’s a record which looks in from the outside – across water, in fact – at a scope of subcultures, and measures the reality against what was promised by the lens of the Internet; arriving, in his own words, at “the confusion and chaos of being 20 and living in London for the first time”. Allowing others into the Mura Masa world was a gradual process, but one which has paid off with a remarkable cast of collaborators: from A-Listers to cult heroes and emerging talent, but Alex’s vision of what pop music (and modern British culture) should look like in 2017. However isolated your upbringing, messy your love life or intense your city, ‘Mura Masa’ suggests the importance of togetherness, and those endless possibilities to still connect.

Mura Masa – ‘Mura Masa
1. Messy Love
2. Nuggets (feat. Bonzai)
3. Love$ick (feat. A$AP Rocky)
4. 1 Night (feat. Charli XCX)
5. All Around The World (feat. Desiigner)
6. Give Me The Ground
7. What If I Go (feat. Bonzai)
8. Firefly (feat. Nao)
9. NOTHING ELSE! (feat. Jamie Lidell)
10. helpline (feat. Tom Tripp)
11. Second 2 None (feat. Christine & The Queens)
12. Who Is It Gonna B (feat. A. K. Paul)
13. Blu (feat. Damon Albarn)
13.07-15.07 Mura Masa’s Peckham Pop Up, Copeland Gallery
21.07 Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle
22.07 FYF, Los Angeles
29.07 WayHome, Oro-Medonte
30.07 Panorama, New York
01.08 Boston Royale, Boston MA
02.08 Montreal Club Soda, Montreal QC
04.08 Lollapalooza, Chicago
05.08 Chicago, Bottom Lounge
18.08 Lowlands, Biddinghuizen, Holland
19. MS Dockville, Hamburg, Germany
25.08 Reading Festival, Reading
26.08 Leeds festival, Leeds
18.10 O2 Academy, Bristol
19.10 O2 Academy, Brixton
21.10 The Warehouse Project, Manchester
25.10 – Tivoli Vrendburg, Utrecht
27.10 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
28.10 – Elysee Montmartre, Paris
30.10 – Columbiahalle, Berlin
31.10 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
02.11 – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik
03.11 – Iceland Airwaves , Iceland
04.11 – Club 2 Club, Turin.

WATCH ‘Blu’ (ft. Damon Albarn) live for La Blogotheque

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